Lent Week 2
February 28, 2021
This week two familiar stories are proclaimed; Abraham and Isaac and the Transfiguration of the Lord. We are reminded in the reading from Romans, “If God is for us, who can be against us?” The value of a son to Abraham is significant in light of his age and having no descendants. Yet in the midst of doing what God asks, he states, “God will provide.” In the Gospel, Jesus, first declared “beloved Son” at his baptism, is affirmed as such in the Transfiguration and is given absolute authority in the presence of Moses and Elijah, representatives to all in Israel of The Law and the Prophets.
The stories of Abraham and Isaac and the Transfiguration involve leaving level ground and climbing. In Scripture, high places are associated with encountering the Sacred. From higher ground, a broader perspective is available and spatial relationships more evident.
Think about times you were challenged to climb to new heights. What helped you respond to the challenge? What held you back at times? Who helped you, or how were you able to get up and continue to climb?
Psalm 116: 10, 15-19
I believed, even when I said,
“I am greatly afflicted.”
Precious in the eyes of the lord
is the death of his faithful ones.
O Lord, I am your servant;
I am your servant, the son of your handmaid;
you have loosed my bonds.
To you will I offer sacrifice of thanksgiving,
and I will call upon the name of the Lord.
My vows to the lord I will pay
in the presence of all his people,
in the courts of the house of the Lord,
in your midst, O Jerusalem.
Make a conscious effort this week to listen attentively to what God is saying to you in Scripture, prayer and worship, and in the people and events in your life.
Journal about or make a list of what you hear God saying to you.
Choose a way to respond to one of the things God said to you.